Being Ready

The Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville Year B, Advent 1 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We did. Actually we had two. Michelle and her boy-friend came Friday. We cooked, baked, laughed, ate, … cried as LSU defeated Arkansas, then ate some more. We did all this Friday, … Read More

In God’s Image

The Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville, and Calvary, Osceola Proper 24A Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 I want you to pretend, that you are the President of the United States. You are walking down the halls of congress when you see: Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner headed your direction. You can … Read More

By What Authority?

The Rev. John Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Proper 21A Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Today, the Hebrews are in Rephidim, thirsting, and once again complaining. Once again they are questioning Moses: Why did you bring us out to die of thirst? Sounds like last week: Why did you bring us out to starve? … Read More

Seeing with a Grace-Filled Eye

Rev. John Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Proper 20A Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16 It doesn’t matter how you count it—seven verses or a month and a half—it hasn’t been all that long since God lead the Hebrews from slavery, under harsh conditions, through the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, into the wilderness of Sin, by way of … Read More

Remembrance of September 11

The Rev. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville and Calvary, Osceola September 11, 2011 Proper 19A Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 Today is the 1oth anniversary of September 11, 2001. I expect all of you have at least heard of the terrible events of that day. Although yesterday I heard of an elementary school teacher with close personal … Read More

Laboring in Faith

Fr. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville and Calvary, Osceola Sept. 4, 2011 Year A, Proper 18 Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 Good morning. It’s good to see everyone here on this Labor Day weekend. I promise to have you out in time for today’s Labor Day sales. The bible lessons for today present a wide spectrum. From … Read More

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Rev. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Aug. 2011 Year A, Proper 17 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Last week, we heard Jesus declare Peter to be rock on which he will build his church, and that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. That’s about as high praise as one … Read More

Questions

Rev. Fr. John Scott Trotter St Stephen’s Blytheville, Calvary Osceola August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Seven centuries before Jesus’ time, Hezekiah was King of Israel. He restored the Temple, profaned by his predecessor, and did what was honorable in God’s eye. However, times were turbulent. Assyria was the dominate power of the … Read More

Stay in the Boat

Rev. Fr. John Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 14 Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 I remember as a kid learning the story of Joseph’s many colored coat. Well, it turns out to be a long pointy-sleeved coat. Still, it is special, it’s associated with royalty, but mostly … Read More